O2 says no Android 4.0 for Xperia Arc, Ray and Neo

Back in April, we mentioned that the Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia phones was underway, which was always going to be a gradual affair and subject to the scrutiny of the mobile phone networks. O2 has been giving it a serious going over, with the end result perhaps not what owners of the Sony Xperia Arc, Ray and Neo want to hear.

O2 has taken to its official blog to confirm it has been testing the Android upgrade for the past few months, with the intention of rolling it out to those three phones. Unfortunately, according to O2, the testing 'didn’t meet our requirements'.

The network claims that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade affected the phone’s speed and performance, problems that were present on three separate versions of the Android 4.0 software tested and caused by the software having more advanced hardware requirements than previous versions. In other words, the Xperia Arc, Ray and Neo aren't quite up to the job.

The underlying problem for O2 is the difficulty in reverting back to an earlier version of Android, should these problems become an issue for users of the handsets. That is why the rollout isn't being offered. All of that means these phones will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is 'a very stable platform' according to O2.

Not great news, but perhaps an understandable stance,

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